Gilding Metal Clay Produces
Colorful Pmc Jewelry
Gilding metal clay with a colored gilding paste is an alternative to applying a patina to fired metal clay with liver of sulfur or by enameling.
This paste can produce a very nice finish to pmc jewelry.
Known as Gilders Paste® it is available in 28 primary, secondary and some metallic colors. The colors can be mixed to make a very wide color palette.
It is available in 1.5 oz (27ml), this will cover approximately 30 square feet ( 2.78 m.)or 4 oz (92 ml) tins that will cover approximately 100 square feet (9. 29 m.).
The paste can be applied by brush, finger, sponge, cloth, rubber stamps etc. Thinners can also be used with the paste.
Base coat can be applied and when dry other colors can be added by sponge or other methods to produce unique finishes.
Drying time is about 30 - 60 minutes depending on the type of material.
Metallic finishes need to be buffed with a cloth after 12 hours to produce a gilded finish.
In order to preserve the finish a coat of clear lacquer, varnish or urethane should be applied.
This paste is suitable for a range of materials such as: wood, metal, ceramic, resin and glass.
Silver clay, bronze clay and copper clay will all accept this paste.
It is suitable for porous products like polymer clay, modelling clay, traditional clay, foam and decoupage.
Unlike non-porous items, these materials do not require the surface preparation of the harder objects.
When working with metal clay the surface will need to be prepared by use a fine polishing brush in a powered tool such as a Dremel or a flex shaft.
It is necessary to roughen the surface slightly so that the paste will adhere and not fall off when it dries. Fine emery paper or fine steel wool can be used also.
A special jewelry cleaner called Sparex can also be used. It is a specialized product used to clean silver after soldering.
Sparex will work on copper and produce a suitable surface for gilding.
Gilders paste® will work with a large range of metals used in home jewelry making.
Glass may need to be etched or sandblasted to accept the gilding paste.
Prior to gilding, the material must be thoroughly cleaned and dried to remove all dirt and oils.
Known as Baroque Art Gilders Paste it can be obtained from Cool Tools who stock a large range metal clay and other supplies.
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